Dear Parents

Year 3 Information Session (1:1 programme)

Orana Catholic Primary School is highly regarded for the way it integrates ICT technologies into the school curriculum. The school has been awarded with Apple Distinguished School status because of its innovative practice within classrooms. Educators from Asia and Australia continue to visit the school to learn how to emulate the 1:1 programme in their own schools and our curriculum ideas and documents have been downloaded around the world.

The upcoming rollout of devices will be the 7th since 2009. A flyer including model, price, ordering procedure and deadline will be distributed at the Year 3 parent meeting on Wednesday 17 September (7.00pm). Those who are unable to attend will receive the flyer on Thursday 18 September via their child's homework folder.

Tomorrow a pre-meeting questionnaire and survey will be emailed out for Year 3 parents to attend to before next Wednesday night's meeting.

Open Night

For the past several years we have made all classrooms accessible for families to come and view what is happening. Again this year we open the doors for one evening, next Thursday 18 September between 5.00pm and 6.30pm. An invitation for parents and extended families to visit your child's classroom as well as the classes in different year levels across the school. With the enormous amount of creativity and good work on display, this night is an opportunity to share that talent with others in the wider community. You are welcome to visit the Out of School Hours Centre (up to 6.00pm only please) to see their programme in action on the night and to hear the Orana School Band perform in the undercover area. Parents, grandparents, as well as prospective new Orana families are all most welcome on this night.

Cross-Country Carnival

Congratulations to the students who represented the school at the inter school cross-country carnival yesterday. Good competitive spirit and participation along with a large supporter base of parents and families was evident throughout all of the events. While the end result was not the most successful (ninth place), the efforts of all is to be commended, from what I personally saw, all tried their best on the day, giving all and showed great support for their fellow competitors and team members. Thanks once again to Miss Kate Mavric as our PE teacher and to Mrs Loretta Wesley for coaching and training the team.

Professional Development Days

I trust families took advantage of the extra days off school last weekend with the two professional development days planned for staff. In particular the PD on Monday (Boys in Education), was well received by staff for its practicality, direction given and insight.

Thank you

On behalf of all the Dads in the school a big thank you to the Mums from the P&F for all their hard work to ensure last week's Father's Day breakfast was a success.

Reconciliation

Congratulations to those students from Year 3 who made their First Reconciliation last weekend. Over the next five weeks children preparing to receive this sacrament will do so at a time most convenient with their family's plans.

Evacuation Drill

Students had an evacuation drill during lunch playtime and successfully and appropriately took themselves to Muster Point within the school in an appropriate manner.

Assembly

This Friday's assembly is a whole school one with Honour Certificates for students in the junior classes. During this Assembly one of our ex-students will be present. Lil Jasmine Miller has recently published a book called "Ella's Story" to be launched at the assembly this week. All are most welcome to attend.

David Barns

Principal